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Schindler House

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Rudloph Schindler designed and built this house between 1921 and 1922. Now it is surrounded by houses and apartment buildings, but at the time of its genesis it was out in the wilderness. The house is often called the first Modern house. Without getting into a scholarly debate about when the pre-Modern experiments became fully Modern, I list the house among a chronology of other important buildings that came before and after. In the canon of early Modern homes it does seem to be at the forefront.

Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright
1908 – 1910

Hollyhock House – Frank Lloyd Wright
1919 – 1921

Schindler House – Rudolph Schindler
1921 – 1922

Villa La Roche – Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeaneret
1923 – 1925

Schröder House – Gerrit Rietveld
1924

Lovell Health House – Richard Neutra
1927 – 1929

Viipuri Library – Alvar Aalto
1927 – 1935

Villa Tugendhat – Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
1928-1930

Villa Savoye – Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeaneret
1928 – 1931

Paimio Sanatorium – Alvar Aalto
1928 – 1932

The home was designed for two families, the Schindler’s and the Chace’s. The pinwheel plan separate living and working spaces with a communal kitchen at the center. Inspired by a campsite at Yomesite, the home also featured outdoor sleeping areas on the roof. It was built for a cost of $12,500.00. Today that cost would be close to $161,00. Good luck finding a duplex at that price in West Hollywood!

Los Angeles at Night



And oldie but a goodie. Night time aerial footage of downtown Los Angeles. It makes the traffic look so peaceful!

Sit back and go full screen.

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Save Water

Save Water and Plant Cacti

Cacti and Succulents are great candidates for Xeriscaping!

A few days ago a friend of mine posted some great cactus photos to Instagram. She was visiting a magical place in Nipon, California called Poot’s Cactus Nursery. While looking at other photos tagged at Poot’s, I found one of a man standing by a sign that read “Save Water Plant Cacti.” This phrase struck me as being perfect for a WWII “Keep Calm” style remix.

Xeriscaping is the name for a landscaping strategy that uses drought tolerant plants that reduce the need for irrigation. Cacti and succulents are great plants to use, but there are many other native plants that work as well. In Southern California, the Theodore Payne Foundation and the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society are great resources for finding plants to replace your thirsty lawn. The book “Reimagining the California Lawn” by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien provides a thorough and in depth reference for creating beautiful residential landscapes with native plants.

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